The All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers State chapter has, once again, uncovered the sinister plot of the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the suits before the election petitions tribunal in Abuja.
The Rivers APC, through the Secretary of its Media and Publicity Committee, Godstime Orlukwu, Tuesday in Port Harcourt, revealed that the PDP leaders were plotting to pay an undisclosed amount of money into the bank account of one of the tribunal judges, thereby implicating the APC through frivolous petitions.
The APC is currently challenging the outcome of the governorship and National Assembly elections in the state, which it claimed was massively rigged in favour of the PDP.
The party said: “The APC has just uncovered another desperate arrangement by the PDP to put a cog in the wheel of justice in the ongoing governorship/legislative tribunal cases in Abuja. At a meeting they held in Port Harcourt, the PDP leaders perfected moves to pay a huge sum of money into the account of one of the tribunal judges hearing the Rivers State petitions.
“This might not have been a strange occurrence, since the PDP leaders would not imagine that every Nigerian is up for sale. The plan is to make the payment in the name of a chieftain of the APC and then write a petition to the National Judicial Council, (NJC) and the unsuspecting public.
“The aim of the sinister move is to cast aspersion on the integrity of the members of the tribunals hearing the Rivers State petitions, and raise doubts in the minds of Nigerians and especially Rivers people”.
The APC also stated that its candidates had solid cases before God and man, while having absolute confidence in the Nigerian judiciary as the last hope of the common man.
It noted that it did not have any reason to coerce, blackmail or corrupt the process to get justice.
APC said: “We wish to reiterate that the APC and its candidates will not be party to any plot or ploy to compromise any judge, as we believe wholly in the rule of law and in the sanctity of the judiciary.
“We are confident that justice will prevail and we have repeatedly said that we would pursue our matters legally and without recourse to illegality or self-help of any kind. We have never been and will never be party to any untoward act, even in the face of outright provocations and deliberate denial of our rights.
“We have remained steadfast in our pursuit of justice and trust that God and the will of Rivers people will see us through. Eternal vigilance remains the price of freedom”.
The party also called on the security agents to be on the alert and monitor very closely, any act that might be inimical to the peace and progress of Rivers State.
It noted that Rivers people had suffered enough and would not believe that the state should continually be in the eye of the storm, in view of some people’s greed.